Digital Photograph: Plume of Water from a Broken Water Main, Lyttelton

Michael Davies
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28 Feb 2011
One landscape colour digital photograph taken on 28 February 2011 showing the plume of water from a broken water main. The plume appears to be in the vicinity of the Bridle Path. Photograph taken looking west from the corner of Canterbury and Ripon Streets.
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Repairing infrastructure following the Canterbury Earthquakes has proved to be a complex process. The plume of water in this photograph shows that in the initial stages of restoring the water supply much of the damage could remain unseen until the system was put under pressure; only then did hidden breakages become apparent. Sometimes this pipe failure was spectacular like this fractured pipe which is shooting water higher than surrounding houses. In September 2013 the Stronger Christchurch Infrastructure Rebuild Team (SCIRT) estimated that 51 kilometres of water supply mains had suffered earthquake damage and required repair.
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